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Bistro at Hotel du Vin - Glasgow

1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UX

We hear a great deal about recycling these days - du Vin recycles attractive but sometimes un-loved buildings to restore real gems in the best tradition of British understated style. Complement that with all that is best in the French bistro ethos, bars that reach out to please, and you have a setting that provides an inspirational background for people to meet, do business, get married, provide a base for golf or fishing, somewhere you can call your own for a private celebration, a spa or - most engagingly - a wine school that breaks the mould. In Glasgow, du Vin has taken on the notable and highly respected One Devonshire Gardens, set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable and exciting West End of Glasgow.

We hear a great deal about recycling these days - du Vin recycles attractive but sometimes un-loved buildings to restore real gems in the best tradition of British understated style.

Complement that with all that is best in the French bistro ethos, bars that reach out to please, and you have a setting that provides an inspirational background for people to meet, do business, get married, provide a base for golf or fishing, somewhere you can call your own for a private celebration, a spa or - most engagingly - a wine school that breaks the mould.

In Glasgow, du Vin has taken on the notable and highly respected One Devonshire Gardens, set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable and exciting West End of Glasgow. The list of awards would take up the whole of this review, each one of which must give its own particular pleasure to du Vin's owners; suffice to say that an appreciative press and côrps de critiques has not been slow off the mark to demonstrate its feelings.

Spread over five joined Town houses, the luxurious collection of bedrooms offers an unparalleled level of luxury, with luxurious duvets and Egyptian cotton bedding, fluffy bathrobes, satellite TV, CD and DVD player, mini bar stocked with treats, fresh tea, coffee and milk, and generously sized and plentiful toiletries. Some rooms forsake Victorian splendour for a more contemporary feel, including monsoon showers.

In the classy hallmark du Vin bistro a choice of four starters could include capuccino of lobster and pernod, truffle infused oil and organic smoked salmon cannelloni, spinach purée and plum tomato.

Main courses demonstrate a prime contribution to those Awards, with finesse and imagination from Executive Chef Paul Tamburrini and his team involved to a remarkable level. The poached and roasted breast of mallard comes with goats' cheese emulsion, toasted barley and xérès vinegar whilst the butter roasted line caught halibut is served with pommes purée, fine beans, and curried mussel jus. Round off with crème brûlée, with amaretto ice cream and financiers, or the chocolate marquis with pear sorbet, sesame tuile to complete a meal that has taken you to the stars.

Whilst one might argue that the whole point of being in a du Vin is to snuggle up to the wine list, this list is designed to march with the food and can only be described as superb. With a team of two sommeliers, headed here by Sebastiano Ingaliso, there is no room for anything but the best. Service is telepathic in the best possible sense.

Click on their Website for full information and rates. Hotel du Vin, with fourteen options throughout Britain, awaits your call.

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Bistro, French, Modern European

: 07:00 - 10:30 12:00 - 14:15 18:00 - 22:00
: 07:00 - 11:00  18:00 - 22:00
: 07:00 - 11:00 12:30 - 14:45 18:00 - 22:00
: 1200 - 18:00

0845 365 4438/0141 3392001

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1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UX [Map]

£25.00    £35.00

£14.50 (2 courses) to £17.50 (3 courses), Mon - Fri, £29 (3 courses + glass of champagne), Sun

£40 (3 courses incl coffee)

(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)

REVIEWS OF Bistro at Hotel du Vin - Glasgow

Malcolm (3 September 2008)

Where to take your wife for her 50th birthday and avoid all those family get-togethers and endless rounds of washing up over a weekend? We had planned somewhere foreign and exotic. Tokyo was high on the list. But have you seen the cost of a return club class ticket, times two? And the best part of 24 hours stuck in a plane? Just doesn't thrill quite like it used to. So where else foreign and exotic? The answer of course is Glasgow. We have just spent three nights in Glasgow and how we enjoyed it. It was so good we will certainly go again - great museums and galleries, very friendly people and superb cafes and restaurants - none so more than the Bistro at the Hotel du Vin. We ate on consecutive nights at two other places and then Hotel du Vin. Following a comprehensive trawl of the internet I had worked out that these were probably the three best restaurants for an 'occasion' in Glasgow. Based on service, friendliness of the staff, quality of the cooking and taste, value for money in the wine list, depressingly difficult to find these days, and overall ambience — I'd give the first place to Hotel du Vin. The inventiveness of the kitchen was exceptional - salt cod and curry ice cream, together! No, you've got to be joking, but it works, superbly. The birthday girl had red mullet - again superb and full of delicate flavours. The food is a picture on a plate, of slate actually, and almost a shame to eat it. The maître d' said that our dishes were cooked for by the sous chef as the 'big mister' was on his day off. Does that mean it can get better than this? Well done to all the team at the Hotel du Vin. Must go to our local in York and see if it is as good.

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